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Mettle is defined as “courage, strength of spirit; stamina – a staying quality. Firmness in the face of danger with fortitude and resilience. Those in the military and veteran communities embody this mettle. In these episodes, we learn more about the individuals who wore their military uniform through their personal stories of grit and perseverance. We also gain insight into what tools they used from their toolbox to push through to the other side of obstacles in which they were confronted.

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  • From Fighter Pilot to US Congresswoman: Martha McSally Paves the Way for Female Aviators"

    Martha Elizabeth McSally is an American politician and former military pilot (A-10 Warthog). During her 26-year military career, McSally deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying 325 combat hours and earning the Bronze Star and six Air Medals. She served as U.S. […]

  • You Can Go Now

    Shannon Hough. She has worn multiple hats as it relates to the military and veteran communities. She’s a military brat (dad served in the Army), she served in the U.S. Navy and is a married to a now retired Army serviceman). If that isn't enough of an understanding of the military life, […]

  • Rethinking Traumatic Brain Injury with Dr. Mark Gordon

    Dr. Mark L. Gordon is an endocrinologist in Magnolia, Texas. He received his medical degree from Universidad de Guadalajara and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Endocrinologists treat hormone-related conditions, which most commonly include diabetes, thyroid disease, pituitary […]

  • The Bipolar General: My Forever War with Mental Health

    Gregg Forrest Martin is a United States Army two-star general who retired as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Engineers in 2014. From July 2012 to July 2014, he was the President of the National Defense University at Fort McNair Army Base in Washington, D.C.  Gregg F. Martin, PhD, […]

  • Veteran’s Day 2023

    The transition from military service to civilian life can be a complex and challenging journey. For many veterans, it involves not only adjusting to a different lifestyle but also dealing with the physical, mental and spiritual wounds that often result from their service. This Veterans […]

  • Mental Health and Emotional Resiliency by Pasha Palanker (Purple Heart recipient x2)

    Pasha is a corporate trainer and speaker on the topics of emotional resilience, mental health, overcoming obstacles, thriving through adversity and staying calm under pressure. Pasha Palanker is a two time recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. He is credited with […]

  • The Lions Guide

    USMC Veteran Dale Walls --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/mettle-of-honor/message

  • John Ballenger: Marine One Pilot

    Ladies and gentlemen, please allow me to introduce a man who exemplifies the utmost skill, dedication, and courage in the field of aviation. Meet John Ballenger, a distinguished Marine One pilot who has soared to great heights in service to our nation. With a firm grip on the controls […]

  • The Survivor: Soldier Overcomes Battle with Suicide (Chelsea Porterfield)

    “In the quiet solitude of her son’s bedroom, her mind drifted and fixated on her husband’s .45 caliber pistol.In November 2018, the sergeant first class thought about suicide for the first time. Since she had accepted an assignment to serve as a platoon sergeant in the 3rd U.S. […]

  • Canadian Navy Port Inspection Diver

    Kate Stewart is a Port Inspection Diver in the Canadian Royal Navy. Port Inspection Divers use compressed air breathing apparatus (CABA) to perform various underwater searches, surveys, and inspections, primarily for the purpose of port security. Port security is one aspect of Maritime […]

  • Memorial Day 2023

    If you were asked to provide an answer on the spot, would you be able to explain the difference between Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s, would you be able to? On Aug. 31, 1949, Defense Secretary Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace […]

  • Mandy Hickson’s “An Officer, Not a Gentleman”

    Mandy Hickson (née Wells) was born in Cheshire in 1973. She gained a BSc Joint Honours Degree in Geography and Sports Science from the University of Birmingham. Mandy has over twenty five years experience within aviation. She joined the Royal Air Force in 1994 and was only the second […]

  • Relentless Courage: Winning the Battle Against Frontline Trauma

    SGT. MICHAEL SUGRUE - USAF Captain | Security Forces (Raven) | Retired Walnut Creek Police Sergeant | #1 Best-Selling Author | Mental Health Warrior | —————- Michael Sugrue began his law enforcement career in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Officer in 1998. As a […]

  • Resiliency Shield: Breaking "Impossible" Goals into Achievable Goals

    'I had seen dozens of people die horrible deaths ... This time was different. This time it was a friend of mine dying in the dirt in front of me, and it was my job to save him.' Dan Pronk is the author of three bestselling books, a regular keynote speaker, and the resident medic on the […]

  • The Mission Focused Mindset: Perseverance

    We are only limited by the things we allow to limit us. The keys to success and productivity are already in your pocket. You just need someone to show you the lock and encourage you to open the door. Who would have thought that a woman who pioneered a path for women in the military - […]

  • Dr. Kate Hendricks-Thomas

    Doctor Kate Hendricks-Thomas, U.S. Marine Corps Military Police Officer: In 2018, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer believed to be connected to burn pit exposure in Iraq. In the years since, Kate Hendricks-Thomas tirelessly advocated for herself and other veterans trying to […]

  • First Female F-16 Pilot

    Sharon Preszler was hand-picked as one member of the initial cadre of women fighter pilots in the United States Air Force. She was the first woman to fly the F-16 (a single-seat, single-engine fighter) and the first woman to fly combat missions and instruct in the F-16. She has over 1300 […]

  • An Unlikely Story of Transcending Boxes and Labels

    "Inspire until I expire." That's what you will hear him say on his Tic-Tok videos both in and out of the gym. Of course, it will be followed by "Let CENTCOM say 'AMEN!" Born Michael Barnes, Chaplain Col. Khallid Shabazz grew up in a devout Lutheran home in Alexandria, LA "I loved […]

  • Veterans from War (VFW) Legislative Director - Tammy Barlet

    Meet US Coast Guard veteran Tammy Barlet of the Washington DC / Baltimore area. Tammy’s originally from a small town in Pennsylvania which is part of the reason she served 8 years in the military [get out of the small town] as an Operations Specialist. She shares the other reason why […]

  • Impossible Odds with Jessica Buchanan

    Jessica Buchanan is this week’s guest on an epic episode of The Mettle of Honor Podcast. Jessica Buchanan: Teacher, Author, Humanitarian, Speaker, Survivor On October 25, 2011, while on a routine field mission in Somalia, Jessica was abducted at gunpoint and held for ransom by a group […]

  • Women in Ranger School

    The episode with U.S. Army Reserve Engineer officer, LTC Lisa (Peplinski) Jaster, will be published here this week as well as on YouTube. In the meantime, here’s some info on women becoming Army Rangers and learn more about Lisa Jaster and her book, “Delete The Adjective.” After […]

  • U.S. Army Ranger, LTC Lisa (Poplinski) Jaster

    When you delete your adjectives, who are you? Most people limit themselves to their labels. They embrace barriers based on the box that society puts them in. But your adjectives aren’t your destiny. In "Delete the Adjective: A Soldier’s Adventures in Ranger School," Lisa Jaster proves […]

  • The Stellate Institute (Part 1: James Lynch, MD)

    U.S. Army Colonel (COL) James Lynch, MD (retired) and Sean Mulvaney are the cofounders of The Stellate Institute.  Dr. Jim Lynch is a primary care sports medicine physician who joined the Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (ROSM) team after serving 31 years in Army medicine. […]

  • When Preparation Meets Opportunity

    General David Howell Petraeus is a retired four-star general originally from New York. He is a Partner at KKR and Chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which he established in May 2013. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Optiv and OneStream, a Strategic Advisor for Sempra, […]

  • Christmas Jazz and Instrumental Music

    This Christmas Music Playlist is brought to you by The Mettle of Honor Podcast and Epidemic Sound. This playlist is a combination of #Jazz and #Instrumental Christmas songs. O Come, All Ye Faithful - Snow Dept. https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/XzBPbgGKf3/ Angels We Have Heard on High […]

  • Real Talk w. Veterans Club; Inc. CEO

    Jeremy Harrell is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Global War on Terrorism. After serving honorably for nine years as an Active-Duty Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO), he went to school at Mid-Continent University studying Business Management. In 2017, […]

  • “The Army Gave Me More Than They Took From Me” -Ashley Gorbulja

    Meet US Army National Guard Veteran Ashley Gorbulja of the Washington DC area. While serving in the National Guard (Ohio), Ashley functioned as a Military Police Sergeant. She is the Founder & CEO of Guide On! Education. guideoneducation.com | agorbulja@guideoneducation.com | […]

  • Bernard Toney: "Tactical Medical Officer: The White House"

    Meet US Army Major Bernard Toney, Jr. (Retired) whose last duty station was none other than the White House Medical Staff. and was further assigned as the healthcare provider to the President of the United States, the Vice President, and their spouses. I bet that was like HIPAA on […]

  • Voting and Veterans Day

    If you haven't already voted for your candidate of choice via absentee ballot or at the polls for early voting, please, GO VOTE! Let your voice be heard. The opportunity / right to vote was denied for women and other minorities for so long. This is an opportunity to impact the future of […]

  • Your Leadership Legacy (S2:E95)

    US Army Retired Lieutenant Colonel Oakland McCulloch is the author of the 2021 release, Your Leadership Legacy: Becoming the Leader You Were Meant to Be. Based on 40+ years of leadership in the U.S. Army and subsequent civilian positions, Oak highlights principles that will benefit […]

  • "Take A Knee with Tiffany" Series Summarized

    Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Christy Hinnant linkedin.com/in/christyhinnant | https://www.linkedin.com/company/voicesagainstsa/ Heath Philips linkedin.com/in/heath-phillips-4a32258a Website: heathtalks.com Sharron West-Robino linkedin.com/in/sharonrobinowest Spoken Word Born To Inspire | […]

  • Healing the Unthinkable

    USMC Veteran Sharon Robino-West, MA is a Community Employment Coordinator at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Omaha, Nebraska. Sharon is passionate as it relates to talking about #veterans, #leadership, and #womeninbusinesss Sharon Robino-West is a Marine Corps veteran and a writer. […]

  • Consequence of Habit & Naval Special Warfare Operators

    Chris Norris is a 24-year veteran of the Navy with over a decade devoted to providing direct combat support to Naval Special Warfare Operators in unique and demanding environments. Chris’s distinctive qualifications include military freefall jumpmaster, high speed boat captain, and […]

  • 9/11 SPECIAL: NYPD Officer John Mulet

    The September 11 attacks were a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 terrorists associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil; nearly 3,000 people were killed. The attacks involved the hijacking […]

  • Ericka Kelly: The Full Story

    MILITARY EXPERT: Experienced Civil Servant with a demonstrated history of upholding the core values of integrity, service, and excellence. As the 17th Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air Force Reserve Command and the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the Air Force Reserve, I […]

  • Kim DeFiori: Lessons from Thor

    Kim DeFiori began her military career after graduating from West Point in 2008 as a Military Police (MP) Officer. She deployed shortly after to Afghanistan for a year, serving with military police and infantry companies. She was one of the first women to work alongside Afghan police day […]

  • Michael J. Weiss: If I Knew Then What I Know Now

    Meet Army veteran SGM (R) Michael Weiss of Moyock, North Carolina. Michael originally entered the military from Southern California and retired after more than three decades of uniformed service. He is now the Executive Officer of J3 Khai Restoration., At my first duty station, Fort Sill, […]

  • USAF Combat Controller (S2: E89)

    Eric Hohman of Austin, Texas served as a Combat Controller for many years in the US. Air Force, he found it difficult to navigate life. Through his personal ups and downs, he felt the effects of being a CCT had an impact on his abilities to perform in the civilian world. He knew others […]

  • MEMORIAL DAY 2022: Scott DeLuzio (Bonus)

    In honor of Memorial Day, I couldn’t think of a better guest to come on than Scott DeLuzio. However, this only an excerpt of his episode where he speaks about his younger brother, Steven, who was killed in action (KIA) just miles away from him in Afghanistan. His full episode will come […]

  • Robin Phoenix and The Best Medicine Brigade are HEAL*arious

    Meet Robin “Phoenix” Johnson, a retired veteran who served in the US Army for over twenty-six years. After a distinguished military career, Robin found a new purpose in life – healing people, organizations, and communities through humor. As the founder of the Best Medicine Brigade, […]

  • S2:E85 Ricky Johnson

    USMC Veteran Ricky Johnson from Missouri shares his story of life prior to, during, and after military service. Ricky Johnson is a Marine Veteran and North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist (with Veteran stamp) and is trained in Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Question […]

  • USN CDR Theresa Carpenter (S2:E84)

    Theresea Carpenter is an active-duty Navy Commander with 25 years of service, including 10 years as an enlisted aviation electrician on the S-3B Viking aircraft. Upon her commissioning in 2006, she became a Surface Warfare Officer and was subsequently accepted into the public affairs […]

  • Independence Day Weekend Music Playlist

    Coyte https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/7qF3ShzVkT/ | Blue Texas https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/IOG2wxvdHp/ Everlasting Holiday https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/cwHn7Qr3kp/ Rise of the Titan https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/sbdgrLRkn3/ Alone with You […]

  • How do we Address Suicide and Mental Health Issues amongst The Military and Veteran Communities?

    It's no secret. There is a big problem in both the military and veteran communities. What is that problem? Too many suicides attempts and not enough people in these communities getting the help they need for their mental health issues. In this episode, Annette Whittenburg talk about how […]

  • (S2:E79) Military Sexual Trauma (MST) - It happens to men too

    Heath Phillips is a Navy Veteran in the Myrtle Beach, SC area. While at sea, he fell victim to 10 months of continuous gang rapes by his shipmates. He turned self medicating via drugs, alcohol, illegal substances and even the idea that the only way to move on is suicide. Heath now […]

  • (S2:E78) V.O.I.C.E.S. Against Sexual Assault

    V.O.I.C.E.S. Against Sexual Assault is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization founded by Army veteran Christy Hinnant who serves as the organizations President. | https://www.voicesagainstsa.org/ In this episode, you hear Christy shares in this episode about the difficulty of her transition out […]

  • I Need Help (S2:E76 with Olivia Nunn)

    In this episode, in the series "Take A Knee with Tiffany," we hear from Army veteran Olivia Nunn (Lieutenant Colonel, Retired). She shares her story about her time as a Chemical Officer when she experienced a physical assault while on deployment as well as her time as a Public Affairs […]

  • Women’s History Month

    Honoring Women Who served the female veteran community… Women’s His --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/mettle-of-honor/message

  • Wanda Petty is “Sista Soldier”

    U.S. Army Veteran Wanda Petty's background consists of being a Chief Executive Human Resource Manager/Trainer at the personnel command level. She's a wounded warrior with 21 years in the active-duty service in the U.S. Army and is passionate about helping service members and veterans. She […]

  • (S2:E74) USMC Veteran Runs for Office

    Tabatha Bartley |  USMC Vet | Public Affairs | Veteran Advocate |  Project Manager, Unit Campaigns at Purdue Research Foundation |  Tabatha is the Chapter Director for the Women Veteran's Alliance (Lafayette, Indiana). She brings her experience from her time in the Marine Corps in […]

  • (S2:E73) Homeless, MST, and the "Why?" Behind the Podcast

    Tiffany Martschink, originally from Charleston, South Carolina, joined the military after a semester of college. Originally, she was going to join the military as a Bandsman (she plays 5 instruments!), but after she passed the required audition for Tuba, she would have to wait 6 months […]

  • New Year. New Season. New Focus. Same Podcast.

    This weeks episode is not like previous episodes heard on The Mettle of Honor Podcast. We’re gonna talk about what this second season of the podcast is gonna be looking like and here’s some clips from the upcoming episodes. We will also hear Erika Kelly and Lefford Fate talk about the […]

  • Morality, Duty & Military Ethics: Case of LtCol Scheller

    US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller has been in the news quite a bit as of late. While on active duty as commanding officer of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, LtCol Stewart Scheller, in uniform, posted a video on social media in […]

  • Guest Intro’s and music

    Music --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/mettle-of-honor/message

  • Recognize. Confirm. Recover.

    as a fighter pilot and senior military leader. was a United States Air Force Officer & decorated A-10 Thunderbolt II fighter pilot. KC (Killer Chic) flew her Warthog back to base in southern Iraq after taking heavy anti-aircraft artillery damage in aerial combat over Baghdad during […]

  • From Airman to Mom

    Meet Air Force veteran and military spouse, Amanda Huffman. She served in the Air Force as a Civil Engineer. When it came time to begin her family, Amanda decided to leave the military behind. The challenge of being a dual military couple led them to decide one person needed to get out to […]

  • New Year's Eve Top Song Is...

    Aud Lang Syne Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon; The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone: Is thy sweet Heartnow grown so cold, that loving Breast of thine; That thou canst never once reflect On old long syne. Chorus: On old long syne my Jo, On old […]

  • #YouveGotMettle

    Olivia Nunn (Retired Army Veteran | Chemical & Pubic Affairs Officer) | Jon Macaskill (Retired Navy Veteran | Navy SEAL Commander) | Theresa Larson (USMC Veteran | Civil Engineer Officer) | Doc Shauna Springer | Tammy Bartlett (Retired USAF Officer | Fighter Pilot A-10C Thunderbolt 2 […]

  • (S1:E63) Bruce & Batman: never been in the same room at the same time

    NAME Bruce Thompson | BRANCH OF SERVICE: USMC  CURRENT STATUS: USMC VETERAN, Retired (1992 - 2016).  CURRENT OCCUPATION: Vice President of Vets to Industry PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Jacksonville, Florida.  In the small farm town where he grew up, there weren't really many options for future […]

  • Holiday Music

    Enjoy a Christmas playlist for anywhere you find yourself. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/mettle-of-honor/message

  • (S1:E4) | From Navy Yeoman to P-3 Orion Naval Officer.

    DAVID TRENHOLM Assistant Vice President | Veteran & Military Spouse Advocate | Navy Veteran | "The Succesful Goose" U.S. Navy Veteran David Trenholm retired as a Naval Aviation Officer after working with the P-3 Orion amongst many other roles he accomplished. Proven operations leader […]

  • (S1:E62) Monica Jefferson

    While her husband serves in the US Air Force (USAF), Moni can be found, if you can keep up with her, functioning and advocating in multiple positions of interest. For starters, she is the CEO and Founder of the Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurship (AMSE). Meet U.S. Air Force […]

  • (S1:E61) Final Flight Final Fight: My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery

    Erin Miller is the proud granddaughter of Elaine Danforth Harmon, a member of the Women Air-force Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII. Her grandmother’s last request was to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC). After she died in April 2015, this request was denied by the […]

  • (S1:E60) There is No Finish Line In Self-Growth (Erika Kelly pt. 2)

    Ericka Kelly, of the Long Beach, California area, is a US Air Force Veteran who retired after 30+ years of service. Command Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Ericka Kelly has a lot of experience and skills in her back pocket. You will hear some of that with what she shares but can also get a […]

  • What People are saying about Ericka Kelly

    Part two come out soon. In the meantime, here is what People are saying about Ericka Kelly --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/mettle-of-honor/message

  • (S1:E59 Erika Kelly) There’s No Finnish-line in Self Growth (part 1 of 2)

    Ericka Kelly, of the Long Beach, California area, is a US Air Force Veteran who retired after 30+ years of honorable service. Command Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) Ericka Kelly has a lot of experience and skills in her back pocket. You can get a glimpse of these things below. With a story […]

  • Nightmare vs Nightwear

    Upon his return from deployment, SFC (retired) Patrick Skluzacek said the nightmares started. “I was scared of closing my eyes.. “I'd wake up thrashing and sweating and the Veterans Affairs didn't have a cure for it. They just had people with nightmares, people killing themselves, and […]

  • (S1:E57) Jeff Moffett's Spoken Word Entitled "Born to Inspire"

    Jeff Moffett, originally from Detroit, Michigan, retired from the U.S. Army in Augusta, Georgia where he was an instructor at the Fort Gordon Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. His wife also served in the U.S. Army and retired as a Warrant Officer. In his LinkedIn profile, you will see in […]

  • D.A. Michaels “Courageously Broken: Memoirs of a Navy Veteran“

    Everyone has a story to tell and scars that don't heal. A young, idealistic teen leaves a small town and abusive father behind to join the Navy in a refreshingly down-to-earth memoir of one woman's journey of self-discovery. She embraces life with passion and courage, from training and […]

  • (S1:E56) Health Care Panel

    Nola Veazie, Ph.D. | El Segundo, California, United States | | U. S. Air Force Veteran |Clinical Psychologist | CEO of V-Solutions Consulting “The_leadership at V-Solutions Consulting understands that human capital is your greatest asset! Therefore, we work hard to maximize your […]

  • (S1:E55) Transitions and Identity with Jack Sterling's

    Jack Sterling Greenville, South Carolina, United States | Entrepreneur | Navy SEAL Veteran | Communications Security Consultant "After spending almost a decade solving kinetic and strategic communications problems around the world, my "why" is now helping businesses develop […]

  • (S1:E53) Leadership Moments with Jeff Clark

    Jeff Clark, born and raised in Northern Oklahoma, is an Air Force Veteran with well over a decade of service as a medical logistician (AFSC 4A1X1). He has an MBA from Southwestern College and is currently studying for his Business Doctorate in Strategic Management. After his time in […]

  • (S1:E51) Larry Moores: Black Hawk Down (part 1)

    Retired Army Ranger, Larry Moores lead a convoy to capture two Somali leaders when two Blackhawks were shot down in 1993. The 'Black Hawk Down' mission describes what led to '18 hours of constant fighting'   In part 2, Larry Moores will share with us valuable lessons he learned in […]

  • (S1:E50) MG Greg Martin Told by Chairman, JCS “Resign by 1700 or You’re Fired:“

    US Army Major General Gregg Martin, (retired) was born in Massachusetts, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy with a bachelor’s degree and commissioned in 1979 into the Army Corps of Engineers. He subsequently earned master’s degrees in civil engineering and technology policy, as […]

  • (S1:E49 Aaron Moffett) Invictus: I AM!

    In 2005, Aaron Moffett earned his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sport & Exercise Psychology and Adapted Physical Activity from Michigan State University. Currently, Aaron is serving the military community, more specifically the U. S. Air Force, in a civilian capacity as the Air […]

  • (S1:E48) Freedom Learning Group Liz O’Brian

    Elizabeth O’Brien is an accomplished, high-energy leader with expertise in national partnerships, non-profit relationship building, program development, and community engagement. Elizabeth O’Brien currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Freedom Learning Group […]

  • Bill Barnett: You Served us. Let Us Serve You

    This episode’s guest is Bill Barnett, Founder & CEO of Mission Hire Me. While he is not a service member or veteran himself, his father did serve in the U.S. Navy. In honor of his father’s service, he carries out the mission to serve by helping veterans find meaningful employment […]

  • (S1:E46) Dan Carter

    DAN CARTER U.S. AIR FORCE, RETIRED Logistics Management ✯ Transportation ✯Operations✯ Charleston, South Carolina Metropolitan Area Dan is married with two kids. Military Honors and Awards 2018 First Sergeant of the Year 2013 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year 2011 Unit Safety […]

  • (S1:E45) From the Heart of a Veteran's Mother

    This episode features Lisa Hiering, a retired Social Security Claims Specialist.  She has uncles and grandparents who served in the military as well as her oldest son who is a combat Marine Corps Veteran. So to her, Veterans are Lisa's family. Lisa also talks about the struggles of being […]

  • (S1:E44) The Generosity Culture

    April Shprintz | USAF Veteran | The Generosity Culture | Palm Beach Gardens, FL | April Shprintz is an Air Force veteran who served as an Award-winning Television Anchor and Executive Producer. In this role, she reported to Chief, Air Force News. She wrote, anchored, and executive […]

  • (S1:E43) Control The Narrative

    Lida Citroën is an award-winning personal branding and reputation management specialist who develops the identities of global executives, professionals, military veterans, and thought leaders. She is the author of several bestselling books including Reputation 360: Creating Power Through […]

  • (S1:E42) Eddie Dunn on Tectonic Transformational Time

    Eddie Dunn is a national thought leader in the veteran transition and employment space, currently leading a unique and dynamic talent management consulting practice focused on bridging the gap between veterans and employers. Previously, Eddie led the Marsh &  McLennan Veteran Talent […]

  • (S1:E41) From GED to Graduate Degree: Turning A Mess into A Message

    We spend a lifetime acquiring knowledge and skills. When we're gone the things we learn go with us - unless we find a platform to share our experiences. My passion is to add value to others by sharing my experience through speaking, training and advising. - Joe Manns The tragic loss of […]

  • (S1:40) LTC Olivia Nunn: Signing Off and Signing Out

    LTC Olivia J. Nunn (Washington DC-Baltimore Area) |Senior Marketing Manager | Social Media Strategist | Podcast Host | Diversity, Inclusion & Equality | Public Speaker | Veteran Affairs Experienced Director Of Communication with a demonstrated history of working in the government […]

  • (S1:E39) Inspiring Military Leaders Through Transition and Beyond

    Meet Army Veteran Jason Roncoroni of Ponte Vedra, Florida. While on active duty, Jason served as a 15N- a UH60 Pilot. Not only was he a pilot and a battalion commander, but he also earned the Senior Aviator Badge, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Wings, Air Assault Badge, and Joint Staff […]

  • (S1:E:38) Beautiful things don’t come without some suffering

    Dr. Theresa Larson, DPT | CSCS | SFMA (aka “Dr. T”) has become one of the healthcare and fitness world’s most sought-after experts on movement health. Dr. Theresa Larson earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego, CA. A former Marine […]

  • (S1:E37) Frogman Leaps into Mindfulness and Meditation

    Jon Macaskill Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States Husband | Father | Retired Navy SEAL | Podcast Host & Producer | Speaker | Leader | Mindfulness Teacher | Expert mono-tasker!  Jon Macaskill, MMT, is a Navy SEAL Commander turned mindfulness and meditation teacher. This week’s […]

  • (S1:E36)MEMORIAL DAY and WASP

    Memorial day is a day set aside to remember not just those who served in the military (that’s what Veterans Day on November 11th represents), but those who gave their all for the sake of the freedom that we are able to enjoy as Americans. In this episode, I want to highlight a group of […]

  • (S1:E35) Echo in Ramadi: They're Not Collateral Damage. They're People

    Scott A. Huesing is a retired USMC Infantry Major with over 24 years of service, both enlisted and as a commissioned officer.  His career spanned 10 deployments and he conducted operations in over 60 countries worldwide.  During his numerous deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the […]

  • (S1:E34) STRATEGIC ACTION: Enlisting A Soldier. Maintaining A Family

    Major General Todd McCaffrey | Army Infantry Officer, retired Service History: Todd served in the Army for over 34 years retiring in the grade of Major General. He completed his military career as the Chief of Staff, United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to his final […]

  • (S1:E33) “Get on the Mat” and I'll Tell You about My Hat

    Richard Kaughman "The Comeback Coach" is an Army Veteran and he likes to give a voice to the voiceless. He has had a hell of a journey from drugs and alcohol to getting injured in the Army and the struggles he’s had including the day he got out. Through it all…he has always been able […]

  • (S1:E32) Mission Transition

    Matthew J. Louis is one of the nation’s leading experts in career transition for veterans and public service professionals. He advises veterans on their transition efforts and employers on hiring programs designed to successfully assimilate these valuable talent pools. He is the author […]

  • (S1:E31) Amy Apostol & Kate Hudson: Military Spouses Serve Too

    Advocates for spouses of service members in all branches of service and components as well as veterans and their families. They discussed the challenges of being a spouse, a parent, and a full-time employee while their husbands are at home and on the other side of the world serving their […]

  • (S1:E30) Chair of the VA Board of Appeals Also Appeals for Those Suicidal

    Cheryl L. Mason serves as the Chairman of the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. As Chairman, Ms. Mason leads a team of approximately 1200 personnel including Veterans Law Judges, attorneys, and operations and administrative professionals to meet the Board’s mission of conducting hearings […]

  • (S1:E29) Army Veteran with Autistic Twins

    Samual Silver is an Army veteran and currently a real estate agent. He's been assisting Southern California across many communities since 2003. In this episode of the Mettle of Honor, Sam is joined by his wife who is a nurse, as they discuss life as parents of twin teenagers- one of […]

  • (S1:E28) Shelly Huhtanen on Autism in the Military Family

    Shelly Huhtanen, an Army wife and mother balancing a military life with a special needs child, said she has to plan her entire day to set her family up for success. Mark, Shelly, Broden, and their older son Hayden moved to Fort Hood in 2009 and enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member […]

  • (S1:E27) Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

    In 1987, a young woman working in the West Wing of the Reagan White House was introduced to a dashing Army colonel. She was a 2nd lieutenant in the Air National Guard. He was a Vietnam combat veteran. They fell deeply in love. Within months they married. On November 12, 1992, Brigadier […]

  • (S1:E26)The 14th Presidential Commander: When Blue Stars Turn Gold

    Meet Gold Star Widow, Alison (Dart) Banholzer of the Washington, D.C/ Maryland area. Alison, originally from Redmond, WA, married U.S. Air Force pilot, Lieutenant-Colonel (LTC) David Banholzer. In early 2014, David achieved his dream. Not only had he flow Air Force 2 followed by piloting […]

  • (S1:E25) if you never felt like quitting, you never started living

    I am a Green Beret Veteran who teaches people how to experience what they are truly capable of and live more fulfilling lives. My lifelong pursuit of human improvement began on the soccer field and continued into college where I was a 1st Team All-American and Hall of Fame inductee. After […]

  • (S1:E24 USMC VET) The Smoking Panda

    Joey Mac Dizon | Hopatcong, NJ | USMC Veteran | Military and Veteran Program Coordinator at Hope For The Warriors | CEO of The Mobile Cigar Lounge & Belleau Wood Cigars | The Mobile Cigar Lounge is led by a highly experienced and motivated team of military veteran entrepreneurs.  The […]

  • Rear Admiral Melissa Bert: 1st Female JAG & Chief Counsel of the USCG

    Rear Admiral Melissa Bert serves as the Judge Advocate General and Chief Counsel of the United States Coast Guard. She is the first woman to serve in this position. Prior flag assignments held by Melissa Bert include the U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Governmental and Public Affairs and […]

  • (S1:E22) What’s Your ROI?

    Meet Air Force veteran Ann James of Henderson, Nevada. While in the military, Ann served as an Operation Flight Commander and a Financial Analyst. Ann truly believes knowledge is power and since retiring from the Air Force, she’s earned a Doctorate of Education in Organizational […]

  • (S1:E2) Combat Engineer Turns Molecular Biologist | Dr. Trillitye Paullin, Ph.D.

    Trillitye Paullin, Ph.D. CEO & Founder at Free to Feed  | Doctoral Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology  |  Combat Veteran (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Trillitye wrote, “Instead of a legacy, my family passed down generations of physical and sexual abuse.  I wanted more for my […]

  • (S1:S1) A Wild Ride Called Life

    Meet Annette Whitenberger | Retired Army Chemical Officer | Author | Blogger | Military Spouse She is a mother of two, a wife to an active duty Army Officer who is still serving in the military (26 years and counting!), as well as being an author, speaker, and podcast host. Her time in […]

  • (S1:E3) Shauna Springer, Ph.D. on WARRIOR: Know Thyself. Know Thy Tribe

    Doctor Shauna Springer, Ph.D – known as “Doc Springer” in the military community, is one of the nation's leading experts on trauma, military transition, and close relationships. After serving 8 years as a frontline psychologist in the Department of Veterans Affairs, she transitioned […]

  • (S1:E21) My Weapon of Choice? Strength and Perseverance

    ⚠️TRIGGER WARNING⚠️In this episode, there is a discussion containing details of sexual assault and suicide. If you are sensitive to these topics, I encourage you to proceed with caution and only listen if you feel as though you are able to do so. Lakeydra Houston | Dallas-Fort […]

  • (S1:E20) The Original Private Benjamin

    Annie Brock | Army Veteran | LTI President & Founder Annie spent 9+ years in the US Army. She, as an enlisted soldier, was a Human Resources Specialist, Paralegal Specialist, and found herself not only airborne qualified, but was one of the first 100 females in the 82nd Airborne […]

  • (S1:E19) Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass

    “The Leader of Character” formula others want to follow is Hard Work + Perseverance = Success In Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass: Leading in Uncharted Waters, Vice Admiral Sandy Stosz, US Coast Guard (retired) draws upon her 40 years of extensive experience and wisdom as a woman […]

  • (S1:10) You Are A Masterpiece. Go Act Like It

    James McNeil | Burlington, North Carolina, United States | Motivational Speaker | Author | Owner at The Inspirational Connection  This episode's guest is James McNeil- a U. S. Army Combat Veteran.  James shares about his struggles with finding his true identity when he was medically […]

  • The Grit Institute: Commit, Learn, and Launch

    Shannon Polson, Optimist | Badass | Speaker | Veteran | Author of “The Grit Factor” (HBR Press) | Founder of The Grit Institute: building courageous, compassionate, creative leaders with a focus on grit and resilience in a time of challenge and change. At age 19, Shannon Huffman […]

  • (S1:E17) USMC Veteran Amy Forsythe is live in 5-4-3-2...

    Meet Marine Corps Veteran Amy Forsythe of San Diego, CA. Amy is a Communications and Visual Information Strategist. In the military, Amy served as a Combat Correspondent in the Marine Corps and currently serves in the Navy Reserves as a Public Affairs Officer. She is an award-winning […]

  • (S1:E16) Fear Kills More Dreams Than Failure Ever Will: It’s all about action

    In this week's episode, I speak with fellow Army Veteran Jeffery Knight of Salt Lake City, Utah. Jeff enlisted into the Army National Guard as a Carpenter and later transitioned to becoming a Human Resources Officer in the Army Reserves. In the last half of his career, he served in a […]

  • (S1:E15) It Takes Courage Chaplain (COL) Khallid Shabazz Ph.D, DMin

    Chaplain (COL) Khallid Shabazz Ph.D, DMin | Command Chaplain at USARCENT | Sumter, South Carolina, United States Shortly after converting to Islam, then-Sgt. Khallid Shabazz struggled to find his way while his devout Lutheran family and fellow Soldiers questioned his move. And with a few […]

  • (S1:E13) The Four Chaplains: Merging Military History and Personal Faith aboard the USAT Dorchester

    It was the evening of Feb. 2, 1943, and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 servicemen, merchant seamen, and civilian workers. Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649-ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in […]

  • (S1:E9) Melissa Washington Navy Veteran | Military Spouse | Founder Women Veterans Alliance

    Melissa Washington is a Navy veteran and the spouse of a Marine. Melissa is the Founder & CEO of the Women Veterans Alliance (https://www.womenveteransalliance.org), Listen in as she talks about her time in the Navy.  Awards 2019 Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans […]

  • (S1:E14 John Roth) Been Recalibrated?

    Meet John Roth, USMC Veteran, the Founder and President of Recalibrate. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves 2007-2018. While serving, he served in two back-to-back deployments- the first to Iraq and then Afghanistan- and obtained the rank of Sergeant (E-5). John is […]

  • (S1:E12) Join The Journey: Follow Your Passion

    Meet Navy veteran Adam Cole of Arlington, VA. Both as an enlisted Sailor and a Naval Officer, Adam served in the Navy in the Public Affairs Office (PAO). Join the Journey (JTJ) is a Christ-centered empowerment organization that seeks to uplift entrepreneurs facing extreme poverty by […]

  • (S1:E5) Vets to Industry Founder & CEO Brian Arrington

    Brian Arrington, M.S., MBA Candidate Business Initiatives Consultant | VETS2INDUSTRY Founder | Global Goodwill Ambassador | USAF Veteran In this episode, You will hear the story of why Brian joined the military , where all he had been during his time of service and how he is continuing to […]

  • (S1:E6) Leadership Minutes with Alex Mims

    Meet Air Force Veteran Alex Mimms of the Dallas- Ft Worth, Texas area. After 10 years of being Security Forces (3P071), Alex served and continues to serve as an Air Force Professional Military Education Instructor (81TO). Alex also has his hands in the workings of Vets2Industry as the […]

  • (S1:E8) This Journey Called Life

    Retired U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains, General Dondi E. Costin is today’s guest. Chaplain Costin is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina, and was commissioned a second lieutenant upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in 1986. He then served as a squadron-level […]

  • (S1:E7) Persona Non Grata

    Meet U.S. Navy Veteran Randall (Randy) Petronko of New Jersey. Randy will be completing his degree at Rutgers University with a degree in Policy and Public Safety Spring of 2021. He will then go on to pursue his law degree once he completes his bachelor's. In this episode, we will hear […]